Category: Film Previews

Film Preview: Riders of Justice (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 21, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Markus, who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up.”

Poster Rating: C- / C / C-

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Review: (#1) A dingy, unappealing design that tells the audience that this is about bikers, which it is not. That kind of misleading aesthetic won’t win the film fans. (#2) This design may suggest the film’s a comedy, but that isn’t well reflected in the trailer, plus the stagy nature of the image balance doesn’t make it terribly appealing. (#3) The best representation of the film’s trailer, this design is woefully structured, meant to look like the interior of the car, but definitely showing its cut-out elements.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A failure to generate the kind of comedic elements that might make this Danish film look more appealing might ultimately keep audiences from connecting with it.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.”

Poster Rating: C- / B-

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Review: (#1) There’s not a lot here except a supposedly terrified Angelina Jolie and a crying child. The red and yellow lighting doesn’t sufficiently tell the audience what’s going on. (#2) If you want to give the audience an idea of what they are going to see, this is the design you want to put forth. The background/midground/foreground details set the place and narrative while the character images help create a sense of humanity.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A surprisingly fresh concept is presented in a stale trailer package that has to hit all of the expected notes making the whole film feel like a series of checked boxes rather than a convincing narrative.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s not the kind of film Academy voters typically embrace, but Angelina Jolie could be a left-field contender for Best Actress and films that feature fires this massive tend to compete in the Best Sound category, though competition this year will surely be fierce between blockbusters.

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Trailer Watch: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) Updated

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway posterNew Trailer (#3) — New Posters (#2-#7) — New Release Date (changed from 4/3/20) — Updated Plot Description

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, updated

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Trailer Watch: In the Heights (2021) Updated

In the Heights posterNew Trailer (#4)

In the Heights, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: May 7-9, 2021

With a disappointing couple of weeks at the box office, two new films are hoping to change the calculus. Here Today is a comedy from the mind of Billy Crystal and co-starring Tiffany Haddish. Both have decent bases of appreciation, so it could perform well. The same could be said of Guy Ritchie’s new film, Wrath of Man, starring Jason Statham. Historically, Statham’s non-franchise action films tend to do poorly and this looks to be one. The pair of Ritchie and Statham might signify a larger chance of success or it could spell disaster. We’ll see what kinds of films audiences will be willing to make it to the theater for with this week’s performances.

Our Highest Rated Films: Here Today
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Above Suspicion (Limited)
Duty Free (Limited)
Terrible Child (Limited)
The Human Factor (Limited)
My Love (Limited)
The Paper Tigers (Limited)
Undergods (Limited)
White People Money (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: Luca (2021) Updated

Luca posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#3)

Luca, updated

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Film Preview: New Order (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 21, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A lavish high-society wedding unexpectedly turns into a class struggle that leads to a violent coup.”

Poster Rating: C / C / C-

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Review: (#1) The green that was so prominent in the trailer without sufficient explanation is also a part of this poster design, which only creates chaos without justification. (#2) A little more balance in this design, but it’s also a bit more staid with some interesting hues impeding on the image. (#3) The subtlety of the prior designs is gone and the end result is something too chaotic and inexplicable.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A chaotic trailer can create a lot of confusion with this non-English language trailer struggling to keep the audience on board with its premise, which must be painfully cobbled together from ill-fitting elements throughout.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Profile (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: (#1) Going off the design aesthetic of several horror films, this poster does absolutely nothing to information the viewer about what they are possibly watching. The reference to two prominent thrillers might alleviate some of the confusion, but I doubt many people saw either film, so it won’t help much. The vast blank spaces make for an unappealing backdrop.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The film wants the audience to think it’s something of a horror/thriller, but the trailer suggests something entirely different with a lot of compelling potential. Whether it succeeds at that remains to be seen.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: West Side Story (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

December 10, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.”

Poster Rating: D / B+

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Review: (#1) The simple title design doesn’t work and never has. It’s just uninteresting to look at. (#2) These Disney/Pixar poster designs with the Asian style continue to impress.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: A subtle teaser for those who are familiar with the original stage musical and its successful 1961 adaptation. The use of what sounds like Rita Moreno singing one of the most memorably songs from the show only adds to the nostalgia factor and excitement for the already initiated.

Oscar Prospects:

This should be one of the year’s big Oscar contenders. Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited adaptation of West Side Story is sure to play well with Oscar voters. The big question is if it can rival the 1961 original’s nomination count or ultimate Oscar haul. We’ll see if it can become the first remake to win Best Picture after its predecessor did as well.

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Film Preview: The Djinn (2021)

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(April 25, 2021) Original
(May 9, 2021) New Poster (#1)

Release Date:

May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The lack of background does accentuate the fore, but it doesn’t make for a very thrilling overall design. The color scheme is nice considering how few posters use these shades of blue with any regularity.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: A dull horror trailer that wants to create suspense, but never knows quite how to do so. It’s a movie that dances around its monster in an effort to make things even more exciting and then fails completely.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Weekend Preview: May 7-9, 2021

Below are nine previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Here Today (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Wrath of Man (Wide)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Benny Loves You (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Initiation (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Locked In (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Mainstream (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

Paper Spiders (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Unthinkable (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 
 

The Water Man (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Initiation (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Whiton University unravels the night a star-athlete is murdered, kicking off a spree of social media slayings that force students to uncover the truth behind the school’s hidden secrets and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: Such a poor balance of color, light, and structure. The dominant figure feels out of place against the backdrop of a stalking killer in a hallway. The title lettering is additionally cheesy.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: On paper, the film sounds like something that has a lot of potential, but the trailer is all over the place, wanting to titillate without scaring the audience and slasher films demand either a bloodletting or at least a better suggestion of one.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Benny Loves You (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Jack, a man desperate to improve his life throws away his beloved childhood plush, Benny. It’s a move that has disastrous consequences when Benny springs to life with deadly intentions.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C- / C- / C+

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Review: (#1) A simple design that reminds of many other recent horror film posters, which isn’t terribly interesting. (#2) The background is attempting to be a counterpoint to the villainy at the fore, but the cheap-looking puppet design undercuts the intention. (#3) The extreme closeup might work better if it weren’t accentuated by the cheap-looking blood running down the knife with an equally cheap-looking visage reflected in it. (#4) Trying to play on the Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch character for something a bit more evil, doesn’t work that well.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are cheesy horror films and then there are bargain-basement cheesy horror films. This one seems content to count itself as part of the inferior group, not the superior. The trailer suggests a terrible blend between Child’s Play and Trick or Treat.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Here Today (2021)

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(May 2, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 7, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz meets New York street singer Emma Payge, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: For an example of how not to balance your image, overburdening the left side with your primary characters cannot be done with a two-thirds dominance of the design and still feel authentic. The backdrop might be from the film itself, but it feels out of plaec, as does the thin and and blocky lettering.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: On paper, this sounds like an uninspired concept from Billy Crystal, whose relevance seems to have diminished in recent years. Yet, there was genuine warmth and humor on display suggesting a film that it might be worth checking out.

Oscar Prospects:

It might be in contention for an Original Screenplay nomination, but it’s releasing far too early in the year to be remembered well by year’s end.

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Film Preview: High Ground (2021)

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(April 25, 2021) Original

Release Date:

May 14, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In a bid to save the last of his family, Gutjuk, a young Aboriginal man, teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara, the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, his uncle.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C

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Review: (#1) The colors in the image are nicely balanced, but the images and arrangement of images are both rather generic. (#2) The same struggle with image selection colors the second image while the colors themselves are dull and poorly touched up.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: This western tries very hard to create a sense of purpose, asking the audience to trust it when it says there are some exciting storylines to unfold, but it fails to create a sense of pacing or urgency.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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